Brighton reigns as one of the most popular hen party destinations – with its quirky mix of city and seaside and its stylish but lively selection of shops, restaurants and nightlife it is clear to see why!
The cosmopolitan city is a perfect choice for a hen weekend as it is full to the brim with things to see and do, whether you are interested in taking in the sights, relaxing at the beach or dancing till the early hours, there is something for everyone with a hen weekend in Brighton.
Here our friends at Fizzbox share their top ten things do in Brighton on your hen weekend:
1. Afternoon Tea on a Vintage Bus
What better way to take in the sights of Brighton than on board a vintage bus and enjoying a delicious afternoon tea with Prosecco? This activity is our number one thing to do in Brighton, make sure you get this on your hen do schedule.
2. Yoga on the beach
Next up has to be yoga on the beach! Start off your weekend in Brighton with some wellness and relaxation before the festivities commence. Breathe in the fresh sea air and enjoy the sounds of the sea whilst taking part and unwinding in a 60 minute Ashtanga or 75 minute Vinyasa yoga class.
Situated on the secluded Madeira Drive part of the beach, the new Sea Lanes area also features a wood-fired, BEACH BOX sauna, indoor changing, hot and cold shower buckets and chill-out area- heaven!
You can also grab a post session drink at the new pop-up bar a perfect place to soak up the views.
3. Fish and chips on the pier
A trip to the coast wouldn’t be complete without at least one cheeky portion of fish and chips at the beach, make sure you and your hens have time to fit this in. Head to the Palace Pier where the doughnuts are pretty nice too (oh go on you only live once) and don’t forget to strike a pose for that obligatory iconic hen do Brighton Insta shot.
4. A flight on the British Airways I360
Since it was built in 2016 the British Airways I360 observation tower has taken over 1,000,000 passengers on board (as of 11th Mar 2019). The futuristic tourist attraction is a must for any Brighton visitor at just £16.50 (or £14.86 in advance) per person it’s the only way to get a 360 degree panoramic- birds eye view of the city and beyond. Grab a celebratory glass of Prosecco whilst at 531 ft high in the air and make a toast to the weekend ahead!
Brighton is well known for its shopping areas; particularly its famous Lanes and North Laines. The Lanes is a shopper’s delight packed with independent stores, boutiques and restaurants, don’t miss out on going to the decadent Ivy in the Lanes, Dukes Lane shopping arcade or browse in one of the many jewellers.
5. A stroll through the Lanes & North Laines
For a slightly more unique retail experience the North Laines area is a mix of retro, kitsch and funky boutiques as well as bustling cafes and bars. Have a browse in Snoopers Paradise a haven for vintage memorabilia, clothes and furniture.
6. Cocktail Brunch at Metrodeco
Metrodeco in Kemp Town is a 1930s style vintage tea room that specialises in Afternoon Teas and Brunches with a twist- Brighton style! If you are looking for something different to do on your hen weekend this fun Cocktail Brunch will not disappoint. Set in the eclectic tea room your party will sip on delectable Smokey Bloody Mary’s or Breakfast Martini’s, a choice of coffee or a pot of tea, a mini pastry, a juice and a delicious brunch main.
7. Have a laugh at the Stags on West Street
A hen weekend wouldn’t be complete without bumping into a stag do- right? Head to West Street -the road from the station to the seafront and you’ll enter hen and stag territory. In peak season the pavements are overflowing with groups dressed in anything from pirates to nurses. Be sure to get yourself a pic with the most random characters.
8. Enjoy one of the many Festivals
Brighton is home to several festivals, it hosts a broad range of events throughout the year from cultural to music themed, so time your hen do right and the city will come alive with things to do! We recommend heading to the coast in May for the Brighton Fringe Festival where you’ll be dazzled by comedy and musical performances- but don’t forget to book accommodation and tickets well in advance or you’ll miss out.
9. Head to Hove (actually)
Brighton has an array of bars and clubs to choose from and something to suit every taste. The infamous West Street is extremely popular with hen and stag groups, here you’ll find the Revolution Bar which is renowned for its cocktails and late-night dancing, but if pubs are more your bag the North Laine area has some fantastic venues with live bands ensuring a great atmosphere. For somewhere a little less crowded Hove (actually) is just a short walk or taxi ride and has the same fun party vibe. Head to the Gin Tub on Western Ride and order delicious gin cocktails by phone to your tables in the bar or dance in its cosy basement to the old club classics.
10. Finish off with breakfast at Bills
Finally, we suggest finishing off your weekend with one of the best breakfasts in Brighton a breakfast at Bills. Formerly a bus depot, this restaurant is located only a stone’s throw from the Lanes and Brighton seafront, it’s famous for its hearty weekend breakfasts and if nursing a hangover or just a craving for delicious food- Bills is the place to go.